George Elliot Quotes to Make You Feel Strong

George Elliot Quotes to Make You Feel Strong

It was early 2008 when I recall reading her work, “The Mill on the Floss,” and noting that was an author with much intellectual agency. It had taken me a few discussions amongst fellow students and classes with the professor to get an understanding of what she was doing with her philosophical candor. She packs so many references into her fiction, giving us small notes as to how well read she was; she almost pokes fun at other works on every page of her work, it’s crazy.

And of course, pop culture made a mockery of her life, her looks and her works, as the New Yorker uncovers from tweets, writing the following:

“If George Eliot’s Wikipedia entry has received an unusually high number of views this week, the responsibility lies with Lena Dunham, who tweeted a couple of days ago that the Victorian novelist’s page was “the soapiest most scandalous thing you’ll read this month. Thesis: she was ugly AND horny!”

Mainstream aside, this lady had a mind to be reckoned with, studied, and most importanlty, respected. Being a philosophical champion and forward thinker, George Elliot understood very well how powerful words can be and how much they effect our thoughts. She wrote very forward thinking content for her readers to digest. Here are some of her most positive quotes for feelling good.

George Elliot Quotes to Make You Feel Strong

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” 

“For pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion”

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”

“What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.

“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”

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“We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.”

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”

“Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.”

“If you deliver an opinion at all, it is mere stupidity not to do it with an air of conviction and well-founded knowledge. You make it your own in uttering it, and naturally get fond of it.”

“If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for ’em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must first make a ball of yourself; that’s where it is.”


While reading “The Mill on the Floss,” by Goerge Elliot, I learned about Sappho, the Greek lyric poet, born in Lesbos, probably in the seventh century BCE. This character, I believe, was used to foreshadow the flood at the end, because, you see, there was a legendary belief that she drowned herself for love after leaving Lesbos for political reasons and going to Sicily. She wrote love poetry, and her name is used to suggest female power and passion.

George Elliot Quotes to Make You Feel Strong
George Elliot Quotes to Make You Feel Strong

“O may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence; live
In pulses stirred to generosity,
In deeds of daring rectitude…”

George Elliot, 1819 – 1880

Georget Elliot

George Elliot was one of the leading English novelists of the 19th century. More famously known for “Adam Bede” (1859), “The Mill on the Floss” (1860), “Silas Marner” (1861), “Middlemarch” (1871–72), and “Daniel Deronda” (1876). As a saggitarius, she expired at the age of 61.

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